Using Our New Site


As we continue to add more new content to our website, we want to make it easy for our visitors to use.

One of the most important things we want to point out is that you can subscribe to the blog here on the site. This means if you go to the Blog tab and look on the right side, you will find a place to enter your email. If you do that, you will be automatically updated every time there is a new blog posted! This is important because our front page is static or doesn’t change. The reason we did this was to have one front page which is the same to welcome all visitors, including those who are new to our site and our church.

We have a whole list of new content we are working to add over the next few months, including information on our new Staff tab and our new World Outreach tab. We work to bring you Pastor Bowman’s weekly sermon (after we have had a few technical difficulties!) in a timely fashion.

One of the biggest things we would love to have from our congregation are testimonials about your experience with our church. You can either be noted on the testimonial, have an alias if you don’t want to use your real name for privacy purposes, or be listed as anonymous. You can submit your testimonials to us through our Contact tab.

Through the Contact tab, you can also submit questions, feedback, suggestions, and anything else you would like for the website! All content is screened by Pastor Richard and Marie Payne-Bowman.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Psalm 20:5:May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.DAILY DEVOTION, June 14, 2021All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:3).The above verse is part of John’s prologue in his Gospel. He is speaking of Jesus. Who is Jesus? Is He a great prophet and teacher? Yes, but He is much more. Is He a human being like us? Yes, but He is much more. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth. All things were made through Him. Nothing in creation exists apart from His creative power. He is the Word of God who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). If Jesus created everything, as John says, that makes Him God. Yes, in the mystery of the incarnation, Jesus, God the Son, took on human flesh and dwelt among us. He walked upon the earth which He created.Many Christians and non-Christians struggle to understand this doctrine so clearly stated by John. How can a man be God? Well, admittedly, it doesn’t happen that way usually. All of us born as human beings will die as humans, with one exception, Jesus. He is the unique Son of God who took on human nature for one purpose, to redeem us. He accomplished this at Calvary. He is a man, and God united in one person. Those who believe in Him receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of everlasting life. Those who stumble over His nature and cannot believe in a man who is also God do not benefit from what He accomplished.Our Father and our God, it does stretch my mind to the limit to grasp the idea that God became man. But that is what the apostles witnessed and testified to in Scripture. I believe their testimony. I believe in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Amen. 

Daily Verse:Psalm 27:1 NLT The Lord is my light and salvation, so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger so why should I tremble?

DAILY DEVOTION, June 9, 2021

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, LNT).

We are all familiar with the story of Mary and Martha. Let’s talk about these two dear ladies for a few minutes. Martha’s problem is not that she is busy in the kitchen. We appreciate good cooks who work to prepare good food. Her problem is that she is fretting over details and also seems to resent Mary.

Jesus gently reminds her of the big picture. Yes, preparing food is a necessary part of life on earth. But there is something of far greater importance. Mary wants to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from Him. I am sure Mary took her place in the kitchen when necessary, but on this day, Jesus is visiting. She wants to learn from Him. The most important thing any of us can ever do is to learn from Jesus. Yes, other things are essential and must be done, but other things are to be set aside when we can learn more from Jesus.

Martha could have postponed her kitchen work for a time and joined Mary at the feet of Jesus. Instead, she allowed worry and resentment of her sister to get in the way. Mary made the correct choice. Do I?

Gracious Father, I pray that I will not allow lesser things to get in the way of that which is most important. I want to sit at the feet of Jesus by studying His Word and learning from Him. Please help me to keep my priorities in order. In His holy name, I pray, Amen.

Daily verse:Habakkuk 3:19 NLT The Lord God is my strength,And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.

DAILY DEVOTION, June 8, 2021

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:18).

I know of people who never watch the news because it is so full of scary items. We are told that global warming (or climate change!) will destroy the earth in a few years. Coastal cities will be flooded, ice caps will melt, and life on earth will be destroyed. Or maybe North Korea or Iran or China, or ? will send nuclear bombs our way. Perhaps Covid 19 will continue to spread, and that will do us in. It seems that the news thrives on fear. Maybe some of their dire predictions contain an element of truth, but I, for one, do not believe we humans can destroy God’s creation.  I do believe this old earth is marked for destruction, but not by the hand of man. Scripture tells us that this earth will one day perish, and God will create a new heaven and earth.

In any event, the closer we are to God, the less fear we have. When fears overwhelm us, we have wandered away from God.  Our faith lies dormant. We need to constantly remind ourselves that God is love and that He loves us.  When love works its way deep into our souls, fear vanishes.

So, when the newscaster says, “Global warming is coming. Be afraid!” We respond, “maybe so, maybe not. In either case, God is love, and He loves me, and I refuse to give in to fear. So there!”

Gracious God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, thank You for revealing to us that You are a God of love. Yes, you are a God with unlimited power, but it is a power wielded by Your love. Thank You for loving me and driving fear from my heart. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.


On Sunday we were happy to welcome Roger and Patti Bolinger into membership. Please pray for God’s blessings on these new members.

Our Wednesday at 3:30 PM we will continue our Bible study on church history. Our DVD teacher is very interesting and informative. And we enjoy our post DVD discussion time. Among other things, we will be looking at one of the greatest minds in church history, Thomas Aquinas.

Don’t forget to turn in your baby bottles full of money to help Crossroads Ministry as they serve mothers and babies in need.

This Sunday I will continue the series on “The Ten Commandments,” looking at # 7, “Thou shalt not Commit Adultery.” Again we will see how Jesus expanded on the meaning of that commandment. While I don’t know what else is planned I do know there will be a special observation of the 60th anniversary of my ordination to the ministry. I was ordained in June 1961. I have never regretted my decision to enter the ministry, and serving the Warsaw Christian Church has been a special blessing.

Following the worship service, our annual church picnic will be held at the Bowman’s. If it rains we will move the picnic to the church. Dress in picnic clothes for church Sunday.

May you all have a wonderful week.

Pastor Bowman


Nothing unusual this week. We are slowly getting back to normal in our everyday lives. It’s nice not to have to wear a mask all the time! Our attendance is still below normal but as we learned in our Wednesday Bible Study it is not about numbers. Our goal is to be faithful to Jesus regardless of the numbers. Numbers do not always mean success. Faithfulness equals success.

Wednesday Bible study will continue our DVD study of church history. We will be looking at what happened between 500 AD and 1300 AD. The church became divided around the year 1000 AD many years before the Protestant Reformation. We will learn what happened to cause the split.

On Sunday we will be looking at the 6th Commandment, “Thos shalt not murder.”

Looking ahead, Official Board will meet on Tuesday, June 8th.
The all-church picnic will be held on June 13th after church at the Bowman’s. If the weather does not cooperate we will have the picnic at the church. I have learned that there are plans to observe the 60th anniversary of my ordination to the Christian ministry on that Sunday.

Stay close to Jesus and you will have a wonderful week.
Pastor Bowman